Title: Batman: Detective Comics.
Story-arc: Greetings from Gotham.
Writer(s): Peter J. Tomasi.
Artist(s): Kyle Hotz, Doug Mahnke & Christian Duce.
Inker(s): Jaime Mendoza.
Colourist(s): David Baron & Luis Guerrero.
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Single Issues.
Release Date: May 5th, 2020.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Previously in the Batman: Detective Comics (2016―) series:
Batman: Detective Comics (Vol. 1): Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi.
Batman: Detective Comics (Vol. 2): Arkham Knight by Peter J. Tomasi.
As part of Lex Luthor’s plans in the midst of Scott Snyder’s Justice League Justice/Doom War, DC Comics launched in 2019 the Year of the Villain comic book crossover event to focus on the incredible number of evil beings that have continuously attempted to wreak havoc on the world. Among all the ongoing comic book series that saw a couple of their issues utilized to launch and explore this event, writer Peter J. Tomasi’s Detective Comics was one of them. While his stories so far in this series have been less than stellar, maybe a quick detour to experiment with Batman’s villains could help him find his groove? Collecting issues #1006-1011 of the Detective Comics comic book series, he thus explores the unique traits of Batman’s rogue gallery while building up the upcoming story arc centered around Mr. Freeze.
What is Batman: Detective Comics: Greetings From Gotham about? This volume contains three distinct story-arcs. It begins with a two-issue story around the death of detective Jim Corrigan and the mysterious appearance of the Spectre who suddenly requires the help of the world’s greatest detective to identify the assassin. It then follows up with a one-shot story centered around the Joker as he organizes an explosive carnival extravaganza and offers us a tour of the various activities with Batman as a spectator until he decides it’s time to act. It then ends with a three-issue story arc around Floyd Lawton, also known as Deadshot, who goes on a kidnapping mission that targets Bruce Wayne. At the end of each issue, a short epilogue chapter is also included and presents us with Mr. Freeze’s latest project, hinting at the madness that will inevitably take place in the next volume.
It’s safe to say that writer Peter J. Tomasi doesn’t seem to have any good ideas to share with fans since his arrival on the Detective Comics comic book series. While it can be argued that this volume did suffer immensely from the crossover event, he still barely tried to create anything interesting out of it. It’s one thing to kick it off with a Spectre-centric story but it’s another when you don’t see its purpose by the end of it. Even the Joker story couldn’t have been blander than it was. His dialogue was banal and the whole development of the story was incredulous. And then comes the Deadshot adventure filled with inconsistencies and impossibilities. It was a story that not only wanted to give us a quick post-World-War-II history lesson, but also challenged the reader to not see all the dots lined up for us—and every character involved in that story—for us to connect and guess who was Batman.
The only thing saving this one from being a complete waste of time is the artwork. Each of the three stories had a different artist for it and they all do a decent job in illustrating the heroes, the villains, and the city (or island) in which everything takes place. Inevitably, they also employ different styles with no effort put into retaining similar designs, making it even clearer that this volume was nothing more than an anthology, and even closer to being simply fillers. The colourists also successfully give these mundane stories some life, especially through the Joker-centered issue that had more colours in it than a rainbow. All we can do now is hope that the next volume gives us a reason to follow writer Peter J. Tomasi on his Detective Comics shenanigans.
Batman: Detective Comics: Greetings From Gotham is a tedious and episodic volume with inconsequential stories dressed in pretty artwork.